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TAPS at Twilight

TAPS is a major local community event arranged by the Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island to honor the men and women who have fallen in the service of our country, those who have valiantly served and returned, and those who are serving today.  The tribute was begun in 1991 as an annual observance of Memorial Day. Thousands of people each year enjoy the Memorial Day program at Neptune Park that features band music, flags, a military color guard, and a keynote speech by a nationally known guest.  (read more)


The St. Simons Island Rotary Scholarship Fund

The Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island, through its Scholarship Fund, makes Educational Scholarships available to graduating seniors from accredited Glynn County Public High Schools and private high schools in Glynn County.

History of St Simons Island Rotary Scholarship 
(Download student application).
Scholarship Fund Documents and Grant History


Rotary Global Grants

Rotary Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes.  Grant sponsors form international partnerships that respond to real community needs.  Areas supported include humanitarian projects. 
(Learn about Global Grants sponsored by our Rotary Club).

Local Childhood Education Grants

For many years, starting in 2009, SSI Rotary has sponsored programs at St. Simons Elementary funded with District Simplified Grants. The first program funded over several years, was a marine biology lab used for science training in all six grades. Samples taken from the beach, and the young scientists explored the ocean in a drop of water. The second program was the purchase of software for teaching children English as their second language. The 2014 program, funded by the club's Literacy Grant, supports the school's childhood literacy program. The funds were used to purchase copies of children's favorite books, such as Goodnight Moon, for all kindergarten and pre-K students to take home. Reading Rockets will read to pre-K and kindergarten pupils once a week.
 (Read more about District Grant Programs)


Child in Crisis

This activity is financial support to the Altama Elementary School in Brunswick to aid them in helping their students with items essential to their attending the school.

Salvation Army's bell-ringing fundraiser

Each year,  Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island members participate in the Salvation Army's bell ringing annual event by individually ringing the bell for an hour or two the during a 3-4 day stretch leading up to Christmas. The venues typically served are Winn-Dixie and Harris Teeter Grocery Stores on St Simons Island. Many of the SSI Rotary volunteers say it’s one of their favorite volunteer duties. Last year, the SSI Rotary raised over $2,500 for the Salvation Army which amounted to about 7% of the Army’s total revenue for their 2013 bell ringing season. For more information contact: or call – 230-4080

Baby Steps

Building literacy, one toddler at a time, is a club initiative that has expanded to become a community-wide effort. It was co-founded in 2010 with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. The club supports the program financially and with volunteer effort and leadership.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

RYLA is an exciting program with dynamic people on the South Georgia State College campus. RYLA participants attend an all expense paid four day event, where individuals can expand their perceptions, learn about themselves, discuss leadership skills, and put those skills to practice. Each year the Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island sends 2 local students to RYLA.  For more information visit the District 6920 website.

Rotaract/ Interact

The Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island along with the Rotary Club of Brunswick has formed Interact clubs at Glynn Academy (2009) and Brunswick High School (2013) as well as a Rotaract club at the College of Coastal Georgia (2012). 

Visit the Facebook page for Rotaract at College of Coastal Georgia
View Activities of Glynn Academy Interact  



High School Speech Contest

Initiated in 1995 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the District 6920 Rotary Speech Contest is a special annual project engaging Rotarians, educators and students in a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our nation's future leaders.  The first two places from each local club advance to the zone competition.  Complete information is available from Speech Contest Guidelines 2012-2013.pdf.

Mentor Program


Community Image Awards

(Learn more about the people and organizations that have been recognized by our club.)